03 Mar

Proper Swing Plane / Bat Path Drills

Proper swing plane or bat path through the hitting zone allows for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently. Developing the barrel control to stay long through the zone gives the hitter some room for error in making contact with a pitch. By getting on plane with the pitch, the hitter can be slightly early or slightly late and still have a good chance of impacting the ball.

Proper Swing Plane

The physics are pretty simple. Get the bat on plane early in the swing and you will have more of an opportunity to accelerate to the ball. The longer it’s accelerating on that path, the greater the bat speed, and the faster the bat is moving, the harder you will hit the ball. Developing muscle memory for getting on plane quick and staying on plane longer will provide various points of contact and more power.

The correct angle at which the bat enters the zone is crucial to consistent and solid contact, but this can be a very difficult component of proper swing mechanics to master for any player. Common swing flaws can usually be fixed by focusing on how the bat is working through the zone. These are the 2 most common issues hitters usually experience:

  1. The barrel is in and out of the zone: The hitter works across his body and across the plate. While using the LineDrivePro Trainer, the hitter will see the ball launch to the pull side.
  2. The path is too long: The hitter drops (loses) the barrel early and either drags the bat across the plate or swings up through zone. With the LDPT, the ball will launch up or to the open side.

The instant visual feedback from the trajectory of the ball enables the hitter to learn how their bat is working through the zone and feel what adjustments need to be made. The LineDrivePro Swing Plane Trainer simplifies technical jargon and complicated swing terminology. The baseball swing plane trainer visually demonstrates hard-to-explain fundamentals so hitters of all ages and skill levels can learn how to eliminate common swing flaws and focus on building proper mechanics.

Utilizing baseball hitting drills that promote proper swing plane is paramount for baseball or softball players looking to get more hits. LineDrivePro gives hitters the tools to see how the barrel is working through the hitting zone so they can make the proper adjustments to their bat path.

Swing Plane Drills

Aiming for a target 25 or 55 ft. away allows hitters to practice getting on plane with the average pitch by seeing & feeling the ball launch at a slightly upward trajectory.

Setting up the LineDrivePro Hitting Target either 25’-30’ (for juniors) or 55’ (for advanced players) away at the proper height ensures hitters practice staying on the exact plane of 5-7 degrees – the downward angle of an average MLB pitch (softball will vary). When line drives are launched straight at the center of the target the hitter knows the bat path is correct and the barrel is staying long through the zone. Hitters struggling to get on plane with a pitch will benefit from the self-teaching hitting aids. The LineDrive Pro Swing Trainer & Hitting Target keep hitters engaged and having fun while they practice. These simple drills can be set up anywhere and provide hitters with a visual target to aim for and a point system to make things competitive. Get ready for the season and order the ProBundle during our Spring sale now! Enter coupon code ‘SPRING17’ to get 20% off your order.

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03 Jan

2017 ABCA Convention

Don’t miss LineDrivePro Trainer at the 2017 ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA. Baseball’s biggest trade show is taking place Thursday, January 5th through Saturday, January 7th. The annual ABCA Trade Show is one of the major highlights of the Convention. Over 300 exhibitors will be at the ABCA Trade Show to display state-of-the-art equipment and products, including hitting aids, apparel, field equipment, hitting/pitching machines and software. Be sure you stop by Booth 483 to check out the hottest hitting aid on the market.

See all the schedules, speakers in the 25 clinics, 19 presentations in the Expo Theater, ABCA Trade Show details and other events at http://www.ABCA.org/convention

ABCA Convention

Jan 5 – Jan 8

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, California 92802

BOOTH 483 – LINEDRIVEPRO TRAINER

 

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31 Oct

Trick Or Treat

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27 Sep

The Importance Of Muscle Memory In Baseball Swing Mechanics

PART I – The Science Behind Biomechanics & Muscle Memory

For athletes muscle memory is extremely important. And for hitters the best way to improve baseball swing mechanics is through muscle memory training. The key is repetition. Consistent physical repetition helps develop a feel for the proper swing path and trains the brain on the impulses necessary to perform the desired action without conscious effort.

To better understand how muscle memory works, development can be broken down into three stages:

1. The Cognitive Phase

Learning begins by developing an overall understanding of hitting mechanics – how to hold the bat, getting into a hitting stance, basic swing instruction, etc. In this phase it is extremely important for a hitter to feel as well as see what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong. Visual feedback and feeling how different body parts or muscles groups are working is beneficial for adjusting the swing.

2. The Associative Phase

The athlete understands the fundamentals of hitting and is in the process of refining swing mechanics through practice. With consistent repetition, the athlete’s biomechanics or movements are guided by sensations derived from receptors located in muscles, tendons, and joints. For tips on basic hitting fundamentals, check out our Baseball Swing Mechanics Hitting Guide.

3. The Autonomous Phase

The skill of hitting becomes mostly automatic and proper baseball swing mechanics are executed without thought. The brain stores and recalls all of this information to send to a hitter’s muscles when it is time to perform at the plate.

The more consistently you repeat any motion the more reliable your muscle memory becomes and over time proper swing mechanics become part of a innate reflexive action. Now keep in mind that practice makes permanent, but not always perfect. If you repetitively practice a bad swing, you end up being really good at repeating mistakes and reinforcing bad habits. Whether trying to improve the consistency of your swing or correct common swing flaws, using a swing trainer to guide you through a correct, repeatable motion can help make the desired movement and mechanics familiar to your body. Once the muscles memorize how the proper swing feels during practice, the hitter will be able to work the barrel correctly through the zone without conscious awareness during the game, leaving nothing but the pitch to focus on at the plate.

PART II – The Science Behind Processing A Pitch

Considering a batter has only milliseconds to react to a pitch its imperative that all attention while in the box is given to quick decision-making.

From release of the pitch, a 95 MPH fastball takes about 400 ms to reach the plate and on average it takes a MLB player 150 ms to get their bat around. In addition, it takes approximately 100 ms for the brain to process an image, in this case the baseball, and 25 ms for the brain to send a signal to the body to swing. So, that leaves 125 ms to decide whether to swing or not, and how.

The batter must predict the balls path subject to a variety of pitch types. Since pitch recognition has to occur in a fourth of the amount of time it takes to blink, it is mostly a learned reaction. An experienced hitter’s brain is capable of anticipating information it has not yet received – identifying the possible trajectory of the ball before it even leaves the pitcher’s hand.

Once a decision is made, a signal in the eye sends a message to a part of the brain that controls the muscles. The brain must then send a signal to the muscles, telling them to swing. The batter has a 7 ms margin of error to connect with the ball. Swinging too early or too late will generally produce a swing and miss or weak contact. However, optimal timing and proper bat path through the strike zone allow for various points of contact, which helps the hitter impact the ball more consistently. Developing the muscle memory needed for keeping the barrel in the hitting zone for as long as possible increases a hitter’s chance of success each at bat and is one of the most important aspects of baseball hitting mechanics.

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24 Jun
03 Jun

Batting Tips For Proper Baseball Swing Mechanics

BATTING TIPS:

FIXING THE THREE MOST COMMON FLAWS IN YOUR BASEBALL SWING MECHANICS

1.) CAST THE SWING

PROBLEM: Before players can use batting tips effectively, they must understand the root of the problem. Early arm extension through the swing process results in a mechanical flaw known as a cast. Batters who fully extend their front arm, or bar out, as they begin to swing find themselves in trouble before the ball even crosses the plate. As the barrel of the bat extends away from the hitter’s body on the initial approach it prevents the hitter from staying inside on the ball. This causes the barrel to wrap around the baseball, eliminating any chance of an opposite field hit. Along with no hits to the opposite field, batters who cast their swing also experience long, slow and weak swing paths making it nearly impossible to catch up to a good fastball.

SOLUTION: As the late great Ted Williams always said “hips before hands.” Initiating your hips before turning your inside shoulder helps prevent casting along with other baseball swing flaws. Once your hips have begun to rotate throw your hands at the ball while maintaining a solid bottom arm in a strong and slightly bent position. In other words the shaft of the bat stays close and tight to the back shoulder. This establishes more power from the beginning of a hitters swing to the end.

Batting Tips

BATTING TIPS: Repetition is key practicing your swing for just 2-3 minutes a day will help make a huge improvement. Casting while using the LineDrivePro will make it nearly impossible to fire a ball back up the middle. In order to get the desired trajectory the bat path and baseball swing mechanics have to be correct.

 

2.) UPPER CUTS

PROBLEM: Upper cutting your baseball swing is one of the most common mistakes baseball players continue to make. This leads to more strike outs and less contact during each plate appearance.
When a hitter initiates their swing by dropping their back shoulder typically the the barrel of the baseball bat will drop with it. Thus making it impossible to be short to contact and long through the hitting zone. The length on the backside of the swing causes the hitter to be late to contact. Even if contact is made the ball will be shot up in a fly ball trajectory or will be struck at an angle creating topspin rather than backspin, eliminating the opportunity for the ball to carry.

SOLUTION: Proper batting stance is important. The angle of the shoulder should be level or have the back shoulder slightly higher than the front shoulder. Staying tall and keep the eyesight square to the pitcher (without tilt) can help eliminate an uppercut swing path.

Batting Tips

BATTING TIPS: Check out the LDPT Baseball Hitting Target! While using this hitting aid players focus on sending line drives into the bullseye, staying away from uppercut swings.

 

3.) OVER STRIDE

PROBLEM: You can find baseball players at almost every level that are still under the impression that a bigger stride equals more power. This could not be further from the truth, in fact most of the time the hitter experiences a loss of power due to an extreme weight shift. A stride is meant to be used as a timing mechanism and nothing more. A big stride shifts your weight towards the back, causing your back leg, shoulder and hands to collapse. A big stride can also cause the hitter to lunge forward making it impossible to stay behind and inside the ball and making the swing longer. This can most noticeably be seen when a hitter ends up on one knee after his swing. The bigger your stride, the bigger chance for error you create. The more movement you have in your swing the harder it is to keep your head down and track the baseball. If your head is moving towards the ball while the ball is moving towards you it will seem like the pitch is coming at you with higher velocity than it actually is. One constant of all good hitters is the minimal amount of head movement throughout the swing.

SOLUTION: Fixing your stride can be as easy, you just have to understand the first step. Over stride is caused from bad timing, you want to always be “not too early, but not too late”. If a hitter has his foot down early his body will lose momentum. If it’s too late he will be behind with his swing resulting in poor contact or none at all. To help practice your timing think of reaching with your front foot rather than stepping. You want to be calm and relaxed. An overanxious or tense swing will throw your timing off and cause an over stride. Keep your stride short (but outside your shoulders) and smooth, you want the front foot to land with the weight on the inside of the foot. A short stride can be practiced but is not easily transitioned into a game. Once a batter sees a pitch coming towards them muscle memory kicks in causing an over stride again. Repetition is the key. Be patient as it take time and reps to change muscle memory and control of body movements. Refer to our Baseball Swing Mechanics Hitting Guide for more info on proper batting stance.

Baseball Hitting Tips

BATTING TIPS: Sometimes fixing your stride can be as simple as adjusting the distance between your feet. If your stride is too big, adjust your feet to be little further apart. Always remember, power comes from your hips not your stride. When you combine and apply these simple batting tips you should see huge improvements in your softball or baseball swing mechanics.

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09 Feb

Win Baseball Hitting Aids In Our Photo Contest

Is Your First True Love Baseball Or Softball? Show Your Swing Some Love This Valentine’s Day. Enter Our Photo Contest To Win A LineDrivePro Baseball Swing Trainer.

RULES:

🔸 You must be following us on the social network you post your photos on:

Facebook: @LineDrivePro Trainer

Instagram: @Line_Drive_Pro_

Twitter:  @Line_Drive_Pro

🔸 Post a photo demonstrating your love for the game now through Valentine’s Day.

🔸 You must include our @username (above) and #LineDriveLove in your post.

🔸 DO use all 3 social platforms for multiple chances to win – 1 winner will be chosen on each and announced 02/17/16. DON’T use ghost accounts. Private accounts are ok.

We also have a SWEET DEAL for you this week: For a limited time only, get 15% off our Pink Baseball Hitting Aid.

USE PROMO CODE: PINK

Expires 12:00AM 02/15/16

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02 Jan

LineDrivePro At The 2016 ABCA Convention In Nashville

Be sure to stop by booth 239 at the #‎ABCA2016‬ Convention to say hi and demo the LineDrivePro Trainer! At the ABCA Trade Show, over 300 companies are expected to display state-of-the-art equipment, products, and innovations, including coaching aids, baseball apparel, field equipment, baseball hitting aids and more. Many products will be unveiled for the first time during the Trade Show. Clinics, the ABCA Trade Show, meetings and several awards presentations and honors will all be features at the 2016 ABCA Convention at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville! Activities begin on Thursday, Jan. 7 with the first day of the ABCA Trade Show as well as committee and divisional meetings. The ABCA Clinics begin on Friday, Jan. 8 and run through Sunday, Jan. 10. For more info visit: http://abca.org/convention

 

2016 ABCA Convention

Booth #239
Jan. 7-10, 2016 – Nashville, Tennessee
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

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02 Dec

3 Quick Tips To Fix A Slow Swing

proper-training-ldpt1 – STOP BAD TRAINING HABITS

  • Practice hitting line drives, not home runs

Generally line drives develop into home runs over time. It’s important to master hitting drives up the middle and to the opposite field before trying to swing for the fences. As your baseball swing mechanics develop and get stronger you will start seeing doubles turn into home runs naturally.

  • Run rather than jog / lift faster rather than slow.

Baseball is a game of short bursts of strength, speed, and power. You can’t get faster by running slow laps around the warning track. Sprints and agility drills combined with explosive lifting to enhance fast twitch muscle fibers are key if you want to run faster and hit the ball harder. The goal is to train muscles to trigger faster and contract quickly, providing the short bursts of energy needed for stealing bases and a proper baseball swing.

 

 

 

 

2 – STAY LOOSEstay-loose-icon

It is important to feel comfortable at the plate so that you can block out distractions and concentrate on what’s important – seeing the pitch and utilizing the proper hitting mechanic. By staying relaxed you are able to avoid muscle tension, specifically in the arms and legs, and remain mentally focused which are the components needed to make hard contact consistently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

timing-ldpt3 – MAKE SURE SWING SEQUENCE  IS CORRECT

An effective swing is a fluid swing in which you unlock your body parts in order. Your stride should be early and easy, remembering that the majority of your power comes from your lower half, your hips lead your hands keeping your wrists locked until after extension.

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30 Nov

Cyber Monday Sale

Don’t miss your chance to catch a great deal on one of the hottest baseball hitting aids on the market. We’re currenly offering 3 huge Cyber Monday deals on our website. These promo codes will only be offered through Monday at midnight so take advantage of the lowest prices of the season now. Buy a LineDrivePro Swing Trainer and give the gift of the perfect swing to any softball or baseball player in your family. It’s a great product for all ages and skill levels. Order any color swing trainer and get the 2nd swing trainer of your choice for 50% off. Use promo code CYBER50 at checkout to get 50% off. All LineDrivePro practice ball packs are also ON SALE now. We’re currently offering a 4 pack and a 6 pack for our Cyber Monday sale. Baseball or softball coaches and hitting instructors will save big when they order 4 baseball hitting aids. Add any 4 softball / baseball swing trainers to your cart and we’ll give you one of them FREE when you enter promo code 4PACK at checkout. Shop Now

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